Korcula Adventures Owner & Captain Personal Note
I am also reaching out with my personal insights on a serious topic, a topic that is clearly top of mind for us all. Obviously, I am talking about the coronavirus (COVID – 19). As an active traveler myself (just back from Sarajevo Family skiing Holiday and now headed out next weekend to Montenegro Quad safari trip ) and a trusted expert on adventure travel for some 20 years now, my phone (and email) has been ringing off the hook for my personal insights on the current and forecasted impact of this latest Virus affecting us all. In the next few lines, I am going to do my best to address this unfortunate situation. Please keep in mind I am NOT a doctor nor an expert on such viruses. That said, I do feel I am qualified to speak to what it means to us here at Korcula Adventures and our travelers. I do so to help our travelers make informed decisions.
Now in an honest and sincere attempt to calm travel fears without making light of a serious subject. Last time I checked, we do not have a crystal ball, and no
one knows where we will be in 30-60-90 days. While I remain confident, the real experts are working diligently to get this situation under control, and it will
not adversely affect our 2020 summer adventures. We are suggesting holding off booking air travel until we get closer to travel dates, interestingly enough this
could have the benefit of reduced airfares. Now a few of my personal thoughts. No disrespect to the media, none intended, it seems to sensationalize is the rule
of the day. We live in a world of 24 hours instant “news bulletins” coming at us from every direction. While I feel the benefit of this instant and constant barrage of “news” benefits far outweigh any negatives, it does create an environment of “needing” content. In the process, we get pounded from all directions. The key is sorting through and looking at and for facts. This isn’t our first “virus scare,” we lived through SARS, EBOLA, Mad Cow, Swine Flu, to name a few. And we will see this latest scare play out in time.
By the nature of “our style” of adventure travel, we feel we are at a lower risk than some may think. We are not “Big Group Tours neither a big cruis eship ” We are avoiding crowds at every turn. We want to get you out and in the backcountry,Croatian islands , out on the trails, and into the fresh air! For instance Dubrovnik region and especially Croatian islands are not effected at all in any case of Corona virus and I am sure it will stay that way . Please keep in mind travelers and the euros they spend is not only our lifeblood but many of the communities we visit. The ripple effect of fewer travelers can (and will) have a
devastating impact on small communities around the globe (including right here at home). We remain committed to making educated decisions and doing our part to not overreact and yet take the precautions warranted.
While I could go into all the reasons why I personally think traveling is still a safe bet and where I see this all going in the weeks ahead, that would be in poor taste. It is serious, and we should take it seriously. I only advocate we do not overreact and make informed decisions.
All that said, thank you for listening, thank you for your booking with us . This, too, shall pass, and in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime. Myself (email and cell below) and our fantastic team are all here for you.